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Creative Church Building

Save the Date! Saturday the 18th of May we are inviting people to gather together for a morning exploring Creative Church Building. There will be opportunities to try things out, discuss, and learn to use tools encouraging creativity and spiritual growth. The day will be guided by Rev Dr Maggie McTernan who, among many other […]

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Quartz Updates

These posts are a collection of news, information, and personal reflections from members of the Quartz community. If you could like to contribute, please get in touch. If you prefer something more spontaneous, we also have a WhatsApp “Glimmers” group where people post photos, thoughts and phrases that mark moments when they sense the presence […]

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Driving Climate change

Electric or Fossil fuel vehicle? If you value restoring a right relationship with the rest of creation then environmental impact is a big concern. How can you make the best choice? Everything has an impact, but the impact of oil use, and fossil fuels in general, has been off the scale. This is a global […]

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Easter 2024 Mini-pilgrimage

This Easter Quartz explored the spiritual landscape near St Johns. Seven of us, and a dog, from within St Johns and the wider community visited Lincluden Abbey, and the 12 Apostles stone circle. The day was set up to allow people to drop in for activities and to travel by car, or on foot. Some […]

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Ikigai

Where do you find value and joy in life? Christians sometimes talk of being “born again” or “Metanoia” moments. The examples used of this are often ones where a persons life is caught up in extreme behaviour. It was, however, when someone so concerned about preserving his good reputation that he chose to visit Jesus […]

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She Builds Thought of the Day

SHE BUILDS

HERHOMEUPONTHE ROCK “everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. […]

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Forest Church

Forest Church

We will gather at 2pm outside the Crichton chapel on Sunday the 17th of March It is the fith Sunday in Lent, which means that St Patrick gets bumped to Monday. Following his example though, I think we might spend some time considering the solidness of stone, the speed of lightning and other truths of […]

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Land Art

ANDY GOLDSWORTHY is one of the pioneers of land art. Galloway was his playground for a while, but you will have to search out the tracks of his influence. The story is told that when he first explored making art in this way he was told to take photos of it, otherwise how could he […]

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Arts

Lent Cross

If you are able to drop in to the St Johns building in Dumfries you will be able to see the latest art installation. Andy Brook has crafted a cross for the Lent journey. Themes of nails and thorns contribute to a glass so heavily stained that it takes time and effort to find the […]

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Thinking Day

Contemplation through cameras. “World Thinking Day” is an international event started by the girl guides and recognised by the scouts too. You can read more about it here Quartz has worked with Stephen Ross before to capture the light reflected from mirrors in one of our Christmas installations. The pictures in this post comes from […]

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Simple Things

This picture is a throw away thing. But if you look at the number of people who have seen it that’s about 2200 folk thinking of Jesus, God in human form, with a smile on their faces. What would St Ignatius think? Perhaps their thoughts won’t have been the deepest of contemplations, but how often […]